Lumpectomy - nanc

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Breast Cancer. Posted on September 14, 2012 View this journey (21 Experiences)

The doctors did not expect that the cancer had spread to lymph nodes; however it had; they removed several lymph nodes and immediately wheeled me down to radiology for high dose rate brachytherapy .where they applied radiation directly to the surgery site. I remained hospitalized for three days and was then sent home with a drain. When I went back to have the drain removed, the site was sore and swollen. I was told to keep an eye on the site and if it continued to bother me to notify the Doctor. Within a day or two I was in tremendous pain; I had severe infection and was hospitalized once again. Some other kind of surgery took place and once again I was sent home. The site continued to be painful and continued to ooze puss and blood; however I needed to start the chemo treatment even though this site was not healed. I had 4 cycles of AC chemo treatments (needing to go in the next day after each treatment for the white blood cell shot) and I continued to nurse the wound. It became time for radiation and the wound was still not healed; however, we went ahead and did all of the prescribed radiation treatment to a total dose of 50.4 Gy., while I was still nursing the wound. After radiation the wound area became worse and I became very feverish and once again ended up in the hospital for a few days. They put me on a very strong intravenous antibiotic which took about 3 hours to administer each day and this continued for about nine months. Suddenly the wound was healed.

Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree

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